Finneas O'Connell

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Finneas O'Connell
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Finneas Baird O'Connell

(1997-07-30) July 30, 1997 (age 22)[1]
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • musician
  • actor
Years active2011–present
RelativesBillie Eilish (sister)
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • keyboard
  • guitar
  • bass
  • digital audio workstation
Associated acts
  • Billie Eilish
  • The Slightlys

Finneas Baird O'Connell (born July 30, 1997), also known as Finneas (stylized in all caps),[2][3] is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, and actor. He has released several singles and has written music for other artists, including his sister, singer Billie Eilish. As an actor, O'Connell starred in the 2013 independent film, Life Inside Out.[4] He is also known for his role as Alistair in the Fox TV series Glee.[5] In 2011, he portrayed Spencer in the film Bad Teacher. He also appeared in two episodes of ABC's Modern Family[5] and two episodes of Aquarius.[6]

Life and career[edit]

Finneas (right) performing with his sister Billie in 2017

Finneas was born to actress and screenwriter Maggie Baird[7] and actor Patrick O'Connell, both of whom are also musicians.[8][9] Finneas has mainly Irish and Scottish ancestry.[10] He grew up in Los Angeles, and began writing and producing songs at the age of 12.[11] In 2015, he portrayed Alistair in the final season of the musical-comedy television show Glee. He is the lead singer and songwriter of the band The Slightlys, which has won awards and competitions in the Los Angeles area.[12] Finneas writes and produces for his sister, singer Billie Eilish. He co-wrote and produced Eilish's debut EP Don't Smile at Me, which peaked at 14 on the U.S. Billboard 200.[13][14] Finneas also served as producer and co-writer or writer on Eilish's debut album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which debuted at number one in the U.S. and U.K. charts.[15]

Finneas' first single, "New Girl", was released in 2016.[16] The music video for the single was released in 2019, was directed by Emma Sydney Menzies, and stars Finneas and Yasmine Vega.[17] He released the single "I'm in Love Without You" in 2017, and eight singles in 2018: "Break My Heart Again", "Heaven", "Life Moves On", "Landmine", "Hollywood Forever", "College", "Luck Pusher", and "Let's Fall in Love for the Night". At the start of 2019, Finneas played his first, sold-out, headline shows in New York[18] and Los Angeles.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Finneas has been in a relationship with YouTuber Claudia Sulewski since 2018.[20][21] He released "Claudia", a recent single, written partly after the first night they met.[22]

Billie Eilish has stated that she and Finneas both have synesthesia.[23]




  • "Maybe I'm Losing My Mind" (2015) from Life Inside Out Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • "Call Me When You Find Yourself" (2015) from Life Inside Out Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • "Your Mother's Favorite" (2015) from Life Inside Out Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • "New Girl" (2016)
  • "I'm in Love Without You" (2017)
  • "Break My Heart Again" (2018)
  • "Heaven" (2018)[25]
  • "Life Moves On" (2018)
  • "Landmine" (2018)[26]
  • "Hollywood Forever" (2018)[27]
  • "College" (2018)
  • "Luck Pusher" (2018)
  • "Let's Fall in Love for the Night" (2018)
  • "Claudia" (2019)[28]
  • "I Lost a Friend" (2019)
  • "Angel" (2019)
  • "Shelter" (2019)
  • "I Don't Miss You at All" (2019)[29]

Songwriting and production credits[edit]

Year Title Artist Album Co-writer or writer Producer
2016 "Come to Think" Gabrielle Current Non-album single ☑Y ☑Y
"Six Feet Under" Billie Eilish ☑Y ☑Y
"Ocean Eyes" Don't Smile at Me ☑Y ☑Y
2017 "Your Eyes"
(featuring Tayla Parx)
The Knocks Testify EP ☑Y
"Filthy Rich" Evelyn Non-album single ☑Y
"Bellyache" Billie Eilish Don't Smile at Me ☑Y ☑Y
"Bored" Non-album single ☑Y ☑Y
"Lost My Mind" Alice Kristiansen ☑Y ☑Y
"Watch" Billie Eilish Don't Smile at Me ☑Y ☑Y
"Copycat" ☑Y ☑Y
"Idontwannabeyouanymore" ☑Y ☑Y
"My Boy" ☑Y ☑Y
"Party Favor" ☑Y ☑Y
"Hostage" ☑Y ☑Y
"Satellite" Rebecca Black RE / BL ☑Y ☑Y
(with Vince Staples)
Billie Eilish Don't Smile at Me ☑Y ☑Y
2018 "Bitches Broken Hearts" ☑Y ☑Y
(with Khalid)
☑Y ☑Y
"You Should See Me in a Crown" When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? ☑Y ☑Y
"When the Party's Over" ☑Y ☑Y
"Come Out and Play" Non-album single ☑Y ☑Y
2019 "When I Was Older" Music Inspired By The Film Roma ☑Y ☑Y
"Bury a Friend" When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? ☑Y ☑Y
"Moral of the Story" Ashe Moral of the Story: Chapter 1 EP ☑Y[30] ☑Y[31]
"Wish You Were Gay" Billie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? ☑Y ☑Y
"!!!!!!!" ☑Y ☑Y
"Bad Guy" ☑Y ☑Y
"Xanny" ☑Y ☑Y
"All the Good Girls Go to Hell" ☑Y ☑Y
"8" ☑Y ☑Y
"My Strange Addiction" ☑Y ☑Y
"Ilomilo" ☑Y ☑Y
"Listen Before I Go" ☑Y ☑Y
"I Love You" ☑Y ☑Y
"Goodbye" ☑Y ☑Y
"Everything I Wanted" TBA ☑Y ☑Y
"If The World Was Ending"
(featuring Julia Michaels)
JP Saxe ☑Y
"Lose You to Love Me" Selena Gomez Rare ☑Y
"Used To This" Camila Cabello Romance ☑Y ☑Y
"First Man" ☑Y


Finneas (right) with his mother Maggie Baird at the 2014 Palm Beach International Film Festival
Films + TV
Year Title Role Notes
2011 Bad Teacher Spencer
2013 Life Inside Out Shane
2013 Tomorrow Tom Short
2013–2014 Modern Family Ronnie Jr. 2 episodes
2014 happySADhappy Andrew Short
2015 Glee Alistair 4 episodes
2015 Aquarius Earnest Boy 2 episodes
2018 Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk[32] Tom

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Year[a] Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Category Result Ref.
Grammy Award 2020 "Bad Guy" Record of the Year Pending [33]
Song of the Year Pending
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? Album of the Year Pending
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Pending
Himself Producer of the Year, Non-Classical Pending


  1. ^ Indicates the year of ceremony. Each year is linked to the article about the awards held that year, wherever possible.


  1. ^ "THIS IS MY BIG BROTHER AND MY BEST FRIEND. I WOULD BE PRECISELY NOTHING WITHOUT HIM. HE IS MY WHOLE WORLD AND I WOULD DO ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING FOR HIM.ANYTHING ANYTHING ANYTHING. @finneasoconnell i love you i love you i love you i love you happy birthday perfect boy". Retrieved 2018-07-30 – via Instagram.
  2. ^ "Finneas". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  3. ^ "FINNEAS". Spotify. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  4. ^ "Talking with Maggie Baird and Finneas O'Connell". Your Teen Magazine. 2015-09-18. Retrieved 2019-09-01.
  5. ^ a b Shira, Dahvi. "Former Glee Actor-Musician Finneas O'Connell Talks About the Show's Pop-Culture Legacy, His Adoration for Kesha and Why He Goes to 'Desperate Measures' for His Girlfriend | skyelyfe | Music & Lifestyle". Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  6. ^ "Finneas O'Connell - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  7. ^ "Maggie Baird". The Groundlings Theatre & School. Archived from the original on November 16, 2019. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "Is Billie Eilish Really That "Weird"?". BuzzFeed News. August 17, 2019. Archived from the original on September 2, 2019. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "Sibling Revelry: Finneas, Billie Eilish's Brother & Co-Writer, Steps Out". Billboard. March 27, 2019. Archived from the original on April 1, 2019. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  10. ^ Power, Ed. "An Interview with Billie Eilish: Pop's Ferocious New Enigma | Hotpress". Hotpress. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  11. ^ "Meet FINNEAS, Billie Eilish's Big Brother and Your New Music Crush". Bullett Media. October 26, 2017. Retrieved December 2, 2019.
  12. ^ "In Battles of the Bands, The Slightlys Keep Winning (VIDEO)". LA Weekly. 23 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Billie Eilish's 'Don't Smile at Me' Hits New High".
  14. ^ "Billie Eilish Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  15. ^ "Billie Eilish makes chart history with debut album". Consequence of Sound. 2019-04-08. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  16. ^ "[PREMIERE] FINNEAS: 'New Girl' - WE FOUND NEW MUSICWE FOUND NEW MUSIC". Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  17. ^ FINNEAS (2019-02-04), FINNEAS - NEW GIRL (Official Music Video), retrieved 2019-04-08
  18. ^ FINNEAS (2019-02-03). "First headliner tomorrow night in NYC and it's SOLD OUT, BABY". @finneas. Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  19. ^ Bronson, Kevin (2019-01-30). "Finneas' fans fall in love for the night at the Troubadour". Retrieved 2019-04-08.
  20. ^ "Claudia Sulewski on Instagram: "favorite🌹"". Instagram. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  21. ^ "Cabo with you♥️". YouTube. 2019-01-13. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  23. ^ "Billie Eilish Explains How Synesthesia Affects Her Music". Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  24. ^ Shaffer, Claire (August 22, 2019). "Finneas Previews Debut EP 'Blood Harmony' With New Song 'Shelter'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  25. ^ Heaven - Single by Finneas, retrieved 2019-04-01
  26. ^ Landmine (Aire Atlantica Remix) - Single by Finneas, retrieved 2019-04-01
  27. ^ Putri, Rosiana (2018-09-16). "Finneas O'Connell Needs More Recognition and Here's Why". Arts + Culture. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  28. ^ Claudia - Single by Finneas, retrieved 2019-04-01
  29. ^ "I Don't Miss You at All – Single by Finneas". Apple Music. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  30. ^ "Ashe - Moral of the Story Lyrics". musiXmatch. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  31. ^ Castel, Gregory (2019-02-20). "Ashe writes the perfect anthem for broken relationships in "Moral of the Story" [Video]". EARMILK. Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  32. ^
  33. ^ "2020 GRAMMY NOMINATIONS". Retrieved November 20, 2019.

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